Q: What is the difference between a contingency case and a pro bono case
It's a debate me and my husband have been having trying to figure out the difference between pro bono and contingency and if the contingency baste win can be considered pro bono up until win
A: A contingency case is contingent on the outcome. If you're successful at trial or the case settles for an amount of money, the attorney takes a certain percentage of the award. If you lose at trial or the case is dismissed and you have no monetary recovery, the attorney takes zero. Some lawyers write their attorney-client retainer agreements in such a way that they can recover their costs in certain situations even if you lose, but this isn't the norm. So yes, a contingency case can be considered pro bono up until you "win" because the attorney is spending his or her own money and time without asking you to pay him or her back.
A pro bono case is pursued for free even if you "win". The attorney takes no percentage and recovers nothing in most pro bono cases no matter the outcome.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.